The Miller Hull Partnership, Public Works


I had to say that  I wasn’t aware of the work by the Miller Hull Partnership, a Seattle based firm established in 1977, until we received this book from Princeton Architectural Press.

The book, a sequel to the 2001 monograph by the same publishing house, shows a selection of recent projects in a good format, with clear drawings and good photos.

The projects cover both residential and public works, such as the Willamette River Water Treatment Plant a wonderful project, which doubles as a park with picnic areas. The rest of the works of the firm have a clear signature when it comes to materials and structural solutions, with transparency as something in common.

I recommend this book for both its clear presentation and the quality of the works by the firm.

More information about this book after the break.

Pier House / Gabriel Grinspum + Mariana Simas

© Pedro Vannucchi
© Pedro Vannucchi

Location: Paraty, RJ,
Project Team: Gabriel Grinspum, Mariana Simas
Trainee: Isabel Sperry
General Contractor: Luciênio Costa
Site Area: 4,000 sqm
Constructed Area: 60 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Pedro Vannucchi

© Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi

Railyards Cultural Centre / 3XN


A few weeks ago, we featured a competition won by 3XN to transform the former freight train halls in Aarhus, into a new and dynamic cultural center. After the break, several more images and diagrams about this new cultural hub for scenography, visual arts and literature.

SSM Concert Hall / NSMH

© Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden

Architects: NSMH / Nevzat Sayın
Locatıon: ,
Project Team: Umut Durmus, Neslı Kayalı, Fatma Olgac, Ahmet Korfalı, Sınem Cerrah
Structural Engıneer: Arce / Necatı Celtıkcı
Electrıcal Engıneer: Enkom / Belgın Merey
Mechanıcal Engıneer: Okutan Muhendıslık
Acoustıcal Engıneer: Team Fores / Turker Talayman
Clıent: Sakıp Sabancı Museum
Contractor: Onder Insaat
Project Area: 2,000 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Constructıon Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Cemal Emden, NSMH

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden

Leaf House / Undercurrent Architects

© Hugh Rutherford
© Hugh Rutherford

Architects: Undercurrent Architects
Location: Sydney,
Project Team: German Perez-Tavio, Didier Ryan
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Hugh Rutherford

© Hugh Rutherford © Hugh Rutherford © Hugh Rutherford © Hugh Rutherford

SANY Beijing / Perkins and Will


Perkins+Will’s master plan for was awarded first prize in the “Conceptual Design” category at the 8th International Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism due to the project’s strength in the categories of spatiality, connectivity, originality and sustainability.  SANY is the largest heavy equipment manufacturer in and one of the top 10 heavy equipment manufacturers in the world.  The company wanted to achieve a higher degree of efficiency in their manufacturing process and create a memorable visitor experience.

More about the SANY project after the break.

AD Round Up: Housing Part III

With several housing projects featured since we started, I think it’s time for the third part of this Round Up. Check the first one and second one before this one!

1de Plussenburgh / Arons en Gelauff Architecten
The design for seniors aged 55 and older was inspired by the forthcoming retirement of the hippie generation. The project embraces its target market’s denial of aging by proposing a playful, coloured apartment block. The building is an exciting configuration of a tower and an elevated slab. The slab volume is elevated 11 metres (read more…)

2Switch Building / nArchitects
Switch Building is a 7 storey apartment and art gallery building at 109 Norfolk Street in the Lower East Side, New York City. The building consists of four floor-through apartments, a duplex penthouse, and a double height art gallery on the ground and cellar levels. nARCHITECTS provided full architectural services for the project (read more…)

3Carabanchel Housing / dosmasuno arquitectos
Despite the guidelines drawn on the plots, places need to express their own personality, to arise naturally, to construct themselves. And concretely this one is aligned against a green area, against the concatenation of public spaces that link the old Carabanchel district with its forest through the new neighborhood (read more…)

4Social Housing in Granollers / Bailo Rull ADD+ Arquitectura
At the city scale Granollers is a town which has been growing along the Congost river. For that geographical reason, the city has two different street typologies. On one hand there is one kind of street which goes parallel to the river. These few streets are longitudinal and structure main part of the city (read more…)

5Gabriel Mancera Building / at103
Being charged by an architect client, on a 12.5 meters front by 25 meters long site 8 apartments are projected, 2 per floor arranged longitudinally and interrupted by three voids: a central one for services and two lateral ones for terraces that will be covered by climbing plants working as filter in-between public and private spaces (read more…)

Ingleside Branch Library / Fougeron Architecture

© Joe Fletcher
© Joe Fletcher

Architect: Fougeron Architecture / Group 4 Architecture
Location: San Francisco,
Client: San Francisco Public Library
Contractor: CLW Builders
Construction Manager: San Francisco Department of Public Works
Public Artwork: Eric Powell
Project Year: 2002-2009
Photographer: Joe Fletcher

© Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher

2010 Homeless World Cup Legacy Center – Request For Proposals

SketchupVisual_2With the Homeless World Cup arriving in Rio de Janiero, in fall 2010, Architecture for Humanity, Homeless World Cup, and Nike are teaming up with local partners Organização Civil de Ação Social (OCAS), and Bola Pra Frente (BPF) to establish multiple Legacy Centers to implement the Homeless World Cup influence beyond the week-long Tournament and Leadership Conference.

With project partners officially on board and a site secured, we are pleased to welcome you to the Selection Process for Design and Architectural Services of the Homeless World Cup Youth and Women’s Leadership Center in Santa Cruz , Rio de Janiero, Brazil. With project partners officially on board and a site secured, we are pleased to welcome you to the Selection Process for Design and Architectural Services of the Homeless World Cup Youth and Women’s Leadership Center in Santa Cruz , Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

For more information on submission, awards and schedule, click here.

Slow Food / Sagan Piechota Architecture

© Matthew Millman
© Matthew Millman

Architects: Sagan Piechota Architecture
Location: Fort Mason Pavilion, ,
Project Team: Mike Eggers, Andy Payne, Vivian Hsu, Ben Frombgen, Jeremy Tsai, Rich Porter, Charlotte Hofstetter, Daniel Piechota, Loring Sagan
Client: Slow Food Nation
Project Area: 73.6 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Rendering: Andy Payne
Photographs: Matthew Millman

H-House / Widjedal Racki Bergerhoff

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

Architects: Widjedal Racki Bergerhoff
Location: Trosa,
Project Area: 240 sqm (interior) + 20 sqm (exterior refugee)
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman

Kunstmuseum Extension / Christ & Gantenbein

© Christ & Gantenbein
© Christ & Gantenbein

Swiss architects Christ & Gantenbein placed first among tough competitors, such as the five Pritzker laureates (Peter Zumthor, Zaha Hadid, Rafael Moneo, Tadao Ando and Jean Nouvel) in the competition to design an extension for the Kunstmuseum. Thanks to a generous donation to the Canton of -Stadt, was able to hold a competition to expand the museum to an adjacent lot.  Christ & Gantenbein’s awarded design was defined as a “contemporary brother” of the 1930’s Kunstmuseum.

More about the awarded winning design after the break.

AD Photographers: Duccio Malagamba

de Young Museum / Herzog & de Meuron © Duccio Malagamba
de Young Museum / Herzog & de Meuron ©

The great buildings we feature ever day at ArchDaily have something in common: someone behind the lens capturing the building in a unique moment. Architecture photographers play a big role on how we actually see buildings, and we have decided to start a section to present you their work, their thoughts and who knows, here you might find the photographer that can help you put your work on ArchDaily and other magazines around the world.

We start with italian photographer Duccio Malagamba:

1. How did you start in photography?

I approached photography as a teenager, when the father of one of my best friends -amateur photographer- allowed us to join him when developing films at a storage room. The miracle of the apparition of the veiled images in the reddish darkness of the laboratory impressed me deeply. Soon after, I decided that when I grew up I wanted to be a photographer, and I even managed to sell some photos of my travels. When I finished High School, my parents insisted that -no matter what I would do afterwards – I should get a university degree. I choose, rather accidentally, the School of Architecture, when I found out there was a module on photography.

Woods of Net / Tezuka Architects

Woods of Net / Tezuka Architects / TIS & PARTNERS, photo by Abel Erazo
Woods of Net / / TIS & PARTNERS, photo by Abel Erazo

During this last few months we have presented you several works by the japanese office Tezuka Architects. The houses have very strong concepts, tied to different ways of inhabiting these projects designed specifically for each client.

Now we present you Woods of Net, a permanent pavilion for japanese net artist Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam, in collaboration with structural engineers TIS & PARTNERS.

The pavilion is located at the Hakone Open-Air Museum, a unique open museum located in one of the most visited tourist spots in . Woods of Net was added to the collection of art works as part of their 40th anniversary.

After the break, the architects description of the pavilion with photos by Abel Erazo.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen designs zero-energy building in Aarhus

atrium_300Schmidt hammer lassen architects, whose project Urban Mediaspace was featured a couple of weeks ago in ArchDaily, have been announced as winners of the competition for a new zero-energy administration building of the Municipality of Aarhus. The competition, involving six firms, was won in collaboration with the contractor E. Pihl & Son, Engineers Grontmij / Carl Bro and GHB Landscape Architects.

Schmidt hammer lassen architects has taken the environmental ambitions of the municipality of Aarhus as a key driver for the project and created a zero-energy office building, the first of its kind in . The building has 1,100 m2 of solar cells for the production of electricity, 420 m2 of solar thermal panels for absorption cooling and heating water, and rainwater harvesting for reuse in lavatories and for watering.

More images and full architect’s description after the break.

School of Architecture for the Chinese University of Hong Kong / Ida and Billy


Architecture students attending the Chinese University of will enjoy the spatial variety and openness of Ida and Billy’s New School of Architecture situated on the edge of the campus.  The form, a diagonal shape which is pierced to preserve views of the sky, has large openings to capture the campus’ topology and views of Tolo Harbor, “giving an infinite boundary to architectural thinking and design.”

More images and more about the school after the break.

University library Utrecht / Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten

© Rene de Wit
© Rene de Wit

Architects: Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten
Location: Utrecht,
Client: Utrecht University
Project Year: 2005-2009
Photographs: Rene de Wit

© Rene de Wit © Rene de Wit © Rene de Wit © Rene de Wit

Mosaic / SAKO Architects


Architects: SAKO Architects / Keiichiro SAKO, Tetsuo YAMAJI, Yu Fujita
Location: Beijing,
Site area: 15,869 sqm
Building area: 8,137 sqm
Total floor space: 100,359 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2008
Photographs: Shu He & Misae Hiromatsu

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